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Post Cycle Dishwasher Rituals?
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Post# 1049295   10/29/2019 at 17:02 (1,585 days old) by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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Once the dishwasher has finished I immediately open the door, pull out the lower rack and give the silverware basket a shake. Next thing is I cover the rear part of the lower rack (still pulled out) with a dish cloth and give the sprayarm under the upper rack a spin to get all remaining water out. Then I dab bottoms of cups and other crevices with the dishcloth. Door then is left ajar and one hour later I`m rewarded with perfectly dry dishes and as little water marks as possible.
Does anyone follow a similar procedure or do you just towel dry as needed when unloading the dishwasher?

Now that I read it I think the latter may be even a better option but it`s so hard to change old habits.

Post# 1049309 , Reply# 1   10/29/2019 at 19:00 (1,585 days old) by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        

I ALWAYS crack the door after the cycle with the third rack about 1” out. I let the fishes dry as long as possible. Typically an hour. Generally, no towels needed.

Post# 1049310 , Reply# 2   10/29/2019 at 19:07 (1,585 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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I run it when necessary, usually dishes sit in the machine anywhere from a few hours to a few days after running [ we have two identical WP PC DWs ] they are always run on Hi-Temp wash and Air-Dry and the dishes are always completely dry and there is never any odor at all and never any thing to clean in the bottom of the machine.


John L.

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Post# 1049330 , Reply# 3   10/29/2019 at 21:16 (1,585 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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My 25 year old Whirlpool dishwasher is always run full, Normal cycle, when starting the air dry, open door, shake top rack of coffee mugs close and go to bed and take it all out in the morning.

Post# 1049355 , Reply# 4   10/30/2019 at 03:25 (1,584 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Now that you ask, yes I do (did, no DW now) all those things.  Shake, spin, tump.  70-something GE PSII.  Also, ran the faucet during drain so all fill water was tank hot.  Flawless results.

Post# 1049361 , Reply# 5   10/30/2019 at 07:01 (1,584 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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All I ever do is wait at least few minutes for the dishes to cool then unload it.

I have two dishwashers in my kitchen, the custom window-door KitchenAid KD-12 with 1961/KD-14 racks and the 1965 Lady Kenmore Roto-Rack. The KitchenAid's upper rack is tilted on both the left and right side enough that water does not pool in the top of glasses or anything else for that matter. The Roto-rack uses centrifugal force to keep water off the top of items in the upper rack so everything in both machines is always 100% completely dry. It is extremely rare in either machine that anything doesn't come out completely clean as well. I can really dump a lot of food into the Lady Kenmore as it has a really good food grinder that works extremely well to dispose any food particles.

Post# 1049372 , Reply# 6   10/30/2019 at 07:58 (1,584 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I wheel the portable 2017 Whirlpool back to its resting spot, and as many here do, crack the door and let things flash dry for a few minutes.

When unloading, I generally hurl a couple of glasses and maybe a plate or two at the wall while yelling things like, "You've never appreciated everything I do for you!!" or "You never really loved me!!"😁

Post# 1049377 , Reply# 7   10/30/2019 at 08:04 (1,584 days old) by jakeseacrest (Massachusetts)        

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When the final rinse is done I pull out both racks, let the steam escape, tilt any coffee mugs and shake the plastics. Sometimes I'll let the machine dry everything or I'll just leave the door open. Either way in an hour all is dry and ready to be put away

Post# 1049388 , Reply# 8   10/30/2019 at 10:09 (1,584 days old) by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
My Ritual Is....

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After the drying cycle, I open the door and pull out both racks.
I then let the dishes "cool" for a few hours.
This helps my Pfalzgraff stoneware dishes to dry out any moisture that is absorbed through the unglazed portion on the bottom.
If I don't do this, they tend to crack and craze in the microwave (and they also get VERY hot!)

Post# 1049480 , Reply# 9   10/30/2019 at 20:38 (1,584 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        
Ditto to all the above!

My 18" Frigidaire (stainless interior) is run with topped-off hot water, Finish Quatuam gel pak, hi temp wash and power dry. 1.5 hour cycle. Once finished, always cancel cycle and open door. Shake racks and air dry. Don't use too many plastics, usually hand wash and dry. Not a bad little performer! Usually run every other day. Greg

Post# 1049486 , Reply# 10   10/30/2019 at 21:08 (1,584 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post-cycle ... no specific always-pattern.  I may pull it open ajar if I'm in the area, and *may* dump the "rims" depending on what's in the load and then leave the items loaded to bask in the residual heat ... but not always.  I use a lot of plastic storage containers and recycled butter-bowls so there's always some of that involved to retain water.  I often start it before bed.

Pre-cycle ... usually purge the tap in winter weather but that's only to a warm flow.  May do it in summer weather if the load is notably greasy.  1 tsp Cascade Institutional / Boil Out powder for the prewash cup, 3 tsp for the main wash cup ... maybe a smidgen more for notably heavy soil.

Post# 1049516 , Reply# 11   10/31/2019 at 03:29 (1,583 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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When the dishwasher has finished I open the door just a bit. Unloading is done when I feel like it, most of the time much later...

Post# 1049523 , Reply# 12   10/31/2019 at 04:59 (1,583 days old) by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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I know I`m very anal when it comes to laundry and dishes but I`m surprised that the majority doesn`t bother with the upper spray arm once the cycle is done.
For me it`s a malicious time bomb like a shower head that just sits there and behaves itself but after a few hours or even days for no reason at all it starts to dribble. It will happen for sure, you just can`t tell when it will.

Frigilux, how did you find out about my secret unloading rituals?

Post# 1049562 , Reply# 13   10/31/2019 at 14:50 (1,583 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
My only

"post cycle ritual" is to wash my hands before unloading the machine!


Post# 1049564 , Reply# 14   10/31/2019 at 15:52 (1,583 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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It's been so long since I have had a dishwasher to use.

[In the background, we hear Lord Kenmore sobbing loudly.]

So I have only old memories. From what I recall, though, I did nothing more than just open the door a crack for a period as the dishes dried. I always used air drying. I think I just probably used a towel to dry things like the bottoms of cups as needed when unloading.

Post# 1049595 , Reply# 15   10/31/2019 at 22:50 (1,583 days old) by SudsMaster (SF Bay Area, California)        

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With the Bosch SHU43C, usually I open the door when the cycle is finished (if I'm awake or there), check that the detergent tray is dry, close the lid on the detergent tray, and then pull out the lower rack to help it dry. After things cool down, tilt anything on the lower rack that might have collected water, let that drain a bit, then unload the bottom rack. Then, pull out the upper rack, tilt any bowls/cups/glasses that might have collected water, let that sit a bit to drain, then unload the top rack.


Or I just let it all sit until I need a clean glass/dish/plate/etc.


No worries.


Post# 1049602 , Reply# 16   11/1/2019 at 06:37 (1,582 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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My dishes are too hot to handle, so if I am close by I'll open the door to let all the steam escape, shake both racks, then close door and allow the energy saver fan only cycle to complete.

Post# 1049605 , Reply# 17   11/1/2019 at 07:19 (1,582 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Guess I am lucky .... My Miele opens the door itself.

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I don't pre rinse and unless its all pots and pans I use the sensor cycle the time varies according to the load but I have yet to find anything it cannot wash and when its done it can be quite some time before its emptied I tend to put it on after the evening meal so its often left till morning. I use fairy pods/cascade I think in the USA always have rinse aid and salt as water is awful here.


Post# 1049610 , Reply# 18   11/1/2019 at 09:42 (1,582 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Awh, so sweet;

Frigilux, and Mr. boilwash! Well, time can heal wounds like a broken heart. We live, and learn. I learned a lot from my first long term relationship. None of us are perfect. As we mature, we get smarter, and make better choices in life.
Love takes time to grow even when you find the one, and you shall, so don't give up!
An old friend of mine has never even had a relationship of any type. He never could trust anyone. He blames his parents having had an adversarial marriage. A cop out. Alot of it has to do with maturity. To err is human, to forgive divine!
My sister was married for the first time end of September at age 58. She has survived 2 long term relationships, and one short term one by a beater. Also ovarian cancer. Her husband lost his first wife of 0ver 30 years to brain cancer 2 years ago. Obviously two strong people who have sufferd, and will be happy.

Post# 1049706 , Reply# 19   11/2/2019 at 14:18 (1,581 days old) by murando531 (Augusta, Georgia - US)        

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Typically, like many have said, I prop the door open a few inches as soon as I notice the Clean light, and it either sits overnight and I'll unload it the next day, or as most have pointed out, within an hour everything is dry and ready to put away. I always have a dish drainer by the sink because of handwashing the large cookware and large utensils I use every time I cook, so any of the plastic lids and such that will have bits of water caught, I'll just shake them in the sink and pop them over into the drainer. Before I start cooking the next meal, I always put away anything that is clean to have an empty work space, and by that time it's all dry as a bone.

Between the two stainless models I've had, versus the PowerClean and the 540 I have in currently, I do notice a huge difference in the drying performance of the stainless vent-less WP design. If I ever forgot with those machines to pop the door open, typically everything would be dry aside from the nooks and crannies of the plastics. And that's with me never using heated dry with any dishwasher I've had. There would be a little moisture condensed on the door and sidewalls, but the dishes themselves would be satisfactorily dry.

Post# 1049739 , Reply# 20   11/2/2019 at 23:04 (1,581 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
I've noticed that too

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with my Maytag stainless. My ritual is as soon as the machine's clean light is on I open door, shake racks, and sometimes I'll unload a couple hours later or next day. But there are times that I've gone to bed with the dishwasher running and can't do that & it ends up staying closed over night and the next day, with no dry cycle, the dishes are pretty dry considering the machine was closed the entire night. Not perfectly dry, but dry enough to get a paper towel to get a couple of wet spots and put them away.

Post# 1050112 , Reply# 21   11/6/2019 at 19:38 (1,577 days old) by iej (.... )        

I have to say I love the auto-open door on my Miele. It makes a huge different to the residual heat drying to have the door ajar when the cycle’s finished and it even gently blows air over the top to avoid steam condensing on the countertop.

Overall, I don’t think I do anything in particular with my dishwasher, although I would say I’ve found the Miele tablets a waste of time, they don’t seem to shift tomato stains from plastics, including the diwasher’s own plastic components. I’ve found Finish (power ball or quantum), or Sun (Unilever, and I don’t think it’s available in the UK) absolutely excellent and generally Fairy (same as Cascade in the US) is effective but WAY WAY too foamy.

I wouldn’t write off the Miele detergent range though - the TwinDos laundry detergent is giving me excellent results and it’s not that expensive relative to Ariel / Persil here anyway. The price of the cartridges actually dropped and Miele’s wool detergent is phenomenally good. I wouldn’t use anything else, but the dishwasher tablets are far from amazing.

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